- The definition of a stave is a stick or strip of wood or metal used to make something, or a set of lines in a poem or song.
- An example of a stave is a piece of wood used in a woven basket.
- An example of a stave is a stanza.
- Stave is defined as to puncture, or put a big hole in.
- An example of stave is to crush a wooden barrel.
- An example of stave is to drive into a garage.
- any of the thin, shaped strips of wood or metal that are set edge to edge to form or strengthen the wall of a barrel, bucket, etc.
- any similar slat, bar, rung, stay, etc.
- a stick or staff
- a set of verses, or lines, of a song or poem; stanza
- Music staff (sense )
Origin of staveME, taken as singular of staves, plural of staf, staff
transitive verbstaved or stove, stav′ing
- to puncture or smash, esp. by breaking in a stave or staves
- to beat as with a staff
- a. A narrow strip of wood forming part of the sides of a barrel, tub, or similar structure.b. One of the wooden planks in a stave wall.
- A rung of a ladder or chair.
- A staff or cudgel.
- Music See staff1.
- A set of verses; a stanza.
transitive verbstaved, or stove stav·ing, staves
Origin of staveBack-formation from staves pl. of staff 1
- One of a number of narrow strips of wood, or narrow iron plates, placed edge to edge to form the sides, covering, or lining of a vessel or structure; especially, one of the strips which form the sides of a cask, a pail, etc.
- One of the bars or rounds of a rack, rungs of a ladder, etc; one of the cylindrical bars of a lantern wheel
- (poetry) A metrical portion; a stanza; a staff.
- The five horizontal and parallel lines on and between which musical notes are written or pointed; the staff.
- A staff or walking stick
(third-person singular simple present staves, present participle staving, simple past and past participle stove or staved)
- To break in the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst. Often with in.
- to stave in a cask
- To push, as with a staff. With off.
- To delay by force or craft; to drive away. Often with off.
- to stave off the execution of a project
- (intransitive) To burst in pieces by striking against something.
- (intransitive) To walk or move rapidly.
- To suffer, or cause, to be lost by breaking the cask.
- To furnish with staves or rundles.
- To render impervious or solid by driving with a calking iron.
- to stave lead, or the joints of pipes into which lead has been run
Back-formation from staves, the plural of staff.